Diocesan Monk of Our Lady of Silence
Light the Incense and waft smoke to images.
May my prayers and heart be lifted to You as incense. Just as it has been offered to You in ages past.
You are Barbelo who dwells in sacred silence...the Black Madonna hidden from our understanding. You are the reflection of the Unnameable. You are Sophia, the one who descends into the darkness and brings all back again. You are Zoe, life in life. You are Santisima Muerte, Holy Death to welcome us at the end. You are every Goddess named and unamed. You of a thousand names and faces. You are the Dark One...the thick rich soil that hides the secret of divinity. You are the Untamed, who breaks the pot only to put it back together again. You are the maiden, untamed and willing to take chances. You are the Mother who holds all Her children in Her loving embrace. You are the Crone, waiting for us at every ending. You are Wisdom with the Word that fills all who would hear Your invitation to know who we are, where we come from and where we will go again. You are the wheel of life, death, rebirth, and freedom from the wheel. I come to you this day and consecrate my life to You. I take You as my mother, my friend, and my guide. I will not presume to know Your mind. I offer my priesthood to You. I offer my life to You. I vow this day to serve You as her monk, her friar, and her priest, dedicating the rest of my days into Your service. Please hear my promises and the vows I make to You. I vow to live in simplicity, a poverty of not clinging to material possessions which cannot satisfy. I vow to live chastely with my spouse, that I might learn to love You with that same single hearted devotion. I vow obedience to Your will, and ask Your grace to be brave enough to always do it. I promise to live by Your five sacred virtues of honesty, integrity, compassion, discipline, and wisdom. Hear my words, Sweet Mother. By Your grace, hear me, your monk, your friar, your priest. Amen.